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Metro officer trades shots with suspect in NE valley

Updated Friday, June 27, 2014 | 2:22 p.m.

A Metro Police officer was involved in a shootout Thursday night with a suspect in the northeast valley.

The incident began about 10:45 p.m. when the officer tried to stop a vehicle near Lake Mead Boulevard and Walnut Road, Metro spokesman Jose Hernandez said.

The suspect fired several shots from inside the vehicle and continued driving, Hernandez said. The officer followed the vehicle until the suspect fired more shots.

The officer later located the suspect's vehicle pulled over near Carey Avenue and Dolly Lane. When the officer approached the vehicle, the suspect fired again, Hernandez said.

This time the officer return fire, prompting the suspect to flee on foot, Hernandez said. Responding officers with a police dog located the suspect in a backyard in the 4500 block of El Tovar Avenue, Hernandez said.

The suspect did not comply with the officers’ commands, so they deployed the police dog, which enabled the officers to take the man into custody, Hernandez said. The suspect was transported to University Medical Center for injuries he suffered from the police dog.

The officer the suspect shot at was not injured, Hernandez said.

No further details were released, per the ongoing police investigation.

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